Keep calm and carry on revising 0

Over the years, I’ve had to undertake several dozen exams, from GCSEs to A Levels and finally during my Undergrad. Over the years, you realise whether you as an individual love or hate exams for me I really struggled with revision but I found a technique which helps me during the most stressful time.

1: Past Papers

I found revising through the use of previous exam questions the most beneficial as I could see the layout of the exam, see the marks awarded to each question, and plan a layout of how to answer the questions. With most exams they follow a similar structure so if you do plenty of previous exams you’ll find that the nerves before you open the exam paper disappears.

Not only that if you do previous papers you can get your lecturer to mark the work and talk you through why he awarded those marks and what you could do it improve the marks given.

2: Music

For me, listening to music while you revise gives your brain a rhythm to work with and this helped me with remembering the work, I know during the exam you can’t listen to music but if you have a tune in your head if you can work to beat and hopefully it reminds you of the revision you have done

3: Buddy up

If you are someone who gets distracted easily then finding a buddy from the same course is a welcome relief, they often make you feel a bit more competitive and focused on the job at hand.

4: Timing

I know you’ve probably heard this one before, but give yourself plenty of time to revise, there is nothing worse that a last minute cramming session as you often forget the tiny details which often prove most important, allow yourself proper time to revise, start a 2 weeks before the exam date so you fully understand the content and subject

5: Sleep

Often when revising you want to revise for hours into the night, this often doesn’t encourage your brain to remember details, allow your brain to to switch off and yourself to sleep, working through the day often brings best results as you sleep during the night. Don’t go into the exam with little sleep, as you and your brain need the sleep to be able to focus. More